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  • Date:15 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:San Siro
  • Attendance:80,000
Goal!

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94:26 +4.26

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.

93:36 +3.36

Corner taken short by Gennaro Gattuso.

93:26 +3.26

De Souza Robinho takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.

93:16 +3.16

The ball is delivered by Ignazio Abate.

93:06 +3.06

A cross is delivered by Gennaro Gattuso, clearance by Michael Dawson.

92:52 +2.52

Ignazio Abate sends in a cross, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

92:18 +2.18

The ball is crossed by da Silva Alexandre Pato, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

91:22 +1.22

Short corner worked by Luka Modric.

91:14 +1.14

Niko Kranjcar crosses the ball, blocked by Mario Yepes.

88:37

Shot by Zlatan Ibrahimovic from outside the box goes high over the target.

87:35

De Souza Robinho has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.

82:28

The referee blows for offside against Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.

79:36

Peter Crouch gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Aaron Lennon.

78:53

Da Silva Alexandre Pato produces a cross.

77:32

Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

76:00

Niko Kranjcar is brought on as a substitute for Steven Pienaar.

75:06

Foul by Gennaro Gattuso on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Booking for Gennaro Gattuso for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

74:22

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.

73:02

Da Silva Alexandre Pato delivers the ball, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

71:05

Outswinging corner taken by De Souza Robinho from the right by-line, Mario Yepes takes a shot. Blocked by William Gallas.

70:47

Mathieu Flamini takes a shot. Jonathan Woodgate gets a block in.

69:21

Mathieu Flamini challenges William Gallas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luka Modric crosses the ball, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Marco Amelia makes a comfortable save.

68:13

Peter Crouch challenges Gennaro Gattuso unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ignazio Abate.

67:12

Alessandro Nesta takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

66:50

Outswinging corner taken by De Souza Robinho from the right by-line played to the near post.

66:09

Foul by da Silva Alexandre Pato on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.

66:01

The ball is delivered by Ignazio Abate.

65:38

Inswinging corner taken by da Silva Alexandre Pato, save made by Heurelho Gomes.

64:41

The ball is sent over by Mario Yepes, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.

64:18

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by De Souza Robinho.

63:26

Luka Modric challenges da Silva Alexandre Pato unfairly and gives away a free kick. Emiliano Thiago Silva takes the direct free kick.

60:48

Mario Yepes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heurelho Gomes. Booking for Mario Yepes. Luka Modric on for Rafael Van der Vaart. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.

59:52

A cross is delivered by Emiliano Thiago Silva, Mario Yepes takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

59:31

Short corner taken by da Silva Alexandre Pato.

59:00

Aaron Lennon challenges Gennaro Gattuso unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by da Silva Alexandre Pato, Raniere Sandro makes a clearance.

58:00

Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emiliano Thiago Silva. Jonathan Woodgate joins the action as a substitute, replacing Vedran Corluka. Emiliano Thiago Silva crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Michael Dawson.

57:34

Mathieu Flamini fouled by Raniere Sandro, the ref awards a free kick. Mathieu Flamini restarts play with the free kick.

54:41

Mathieu Flamini concedes a free kick for a foul on Vedran Corluka. Mathieu Flamini is booked. William Gallas takes the free kick.

52:59

Peter Crouch fouled by Alessandro Nesta, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart shoots direct from the free kick, save by Marco Amelia.

52:12

The ball is sent over by Luca Antonini, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Zlatan Ibrahimovic misses to the right of the goal.

51:18

Shot by Rafael Van der Vaart from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

49:56

Inswinging corner taken by De Souza Robinho from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

49:39

Gennaro Gattuso takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a brilliant save.

49:18

Corner from the right by-line taken by De Souza Robinho, clearance by Michael Dawson.

49:10

Centre by De Souza Robinho, Steven Pienaar gets a block in.

48:48

Short corner taken by De Souza Robinho from the right by-line.

48:39

Ignazio Abate delivers the ball, Raniere Sandro makes a clearance.

48:04

Rafael Van der Vaart produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

47:58

A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon.

47:16

Steven Pienaar challenges Emiliano Thiago Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mario Yepes.

46:02 +1.02

Centre by De Souza Robinho.

45:43 +0.43

Wilson Palacios concedes a free kick for a foul on Emiliano Thiago Silva. Free kick taken by Emiliano Thiago Silva.

45:01

Clarence Seedorf goes off and da Silva Alexandre Pato comes on.

43:08

The ball is swung over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, save made by Marco Amelia.

42:14

Ignazio Abate sends in a cross, save made by Heurelho Gomes.

41:19

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a inswinging corner.

41:00

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save made by Ignazio Abate.

40:38

A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon.

39:38

Mathieu Flamini challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by William Gallas.

38:21

Wilson Palacios fouled by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.

34:59

The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

34:47

The ball is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Alessandro Nesta.

34:04

The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Alessandro Nesta gets a block in.

33:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.

31:39

Foul by Peter Crouch on Gennaro Gattuso, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gennaro Gattuso.

30:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Dawson on De Souza Robinho. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

27:32

The ball is delivered by Clarence Seedorf.

26:52

Zlatan Ibrahimovic fouled by Michael Dawson, the ref awards a free kick. Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes the direct free kick.

25:49

Foul by Wilson Palacios on Clarence Seedorf, free kick awarded. Mario Yepes takes the free kick.

21:49

The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon.

21:24

Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Marco Amelia makes a save.

21:03

A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon, Luca Antonini gets a block in.

20:22

Zlatan Ibrahimovic crosses the ball, save by Heurelho Gomes.

19:53

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by William Gallas.

15:06

Foul by Steven Pienaar on Emiliano Thiago Silva, free kick awarded. Christian Abbiati goes off and Marco Amelia comes on. Ignazio Abate takes the free kick.

13:50

Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Gennaro Gattuso.

13:31

Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Alessandro Nesta.

13:24

Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, Mario Yepes makes a clearance.

13:06

Centre by Rafael Van der Vaart, Alessandro Nesta manages to make a clearance.

12:06

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Comfortable save by Christian Abbiati.

12:01

Vedran Corluka delivers the ball.

11:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Gennaro Gattuso. Gennaro Gattuso takes the direct free kick.

9:39

The assistant referee flags for offside against Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.

8:33

Aaron Lennon crosses the ball, clearance by Mario Yepes.

6:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Raniere Sandro on Clarence Seedorf. Direct free kick taken by Alessandro Nesta.

5:55

The ball is sent over by Clarence Seedorf, save by Heurelho Gomes.

4:20

The ball is delivered by Vedran Corluka, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Christian Abbiati.

3:37

Emiliano Thiago Silva challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the direct free kick.

3:17

Raniere Sandro concedes a free kick for a foul on Gennaro Gattuso. Gennaro Gattuso restarts play with the free kick.

2:55

Unfair challenge on Christian Abbiati by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Christian Abbiati.

1:16

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Christian Abbiati.

0:58

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a inswinging corner.

0:40

The ball is sent over by Steven Pienaar, clearance made by Alessandro Nesta.

Match Preview

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri will not be taking Tottenham lightly in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 tie at the San Siro despite the absence of Wales winger Gareth Bale.

The Rossoneri may be three points clear at the top of Serie A, but they are beset by injury problems and are also facing a Spurs team that beat their rivals Inter 3-1 at White Hart Lane last year.

Bale was the inspiration behind the Londoners' victory that November night, running rings around Inter right-back Maicon just a month after blasting three goals past the holders in Tottenham's 4-3 loss at the San Siro.

The visitors will be without the 21-year-old for Tuesday's first leg due to a back injury but Allegri reckons Tottenham have plenty of other credible attacking options. He said: "Aaron Lennon is a very quick and intelligent player, Peter Crouch is a good player too so we will need to be careful.

"They have four solid defenders also. They are a very fit and strong, physical side."

Bale's hat-trick against Inter drew the world's attention to the youngster, who is now said to be a summer target for both Milan teams as well as Barcelona and Real Madrid. Allegri admits he would love to have the winger in his squad.

"I don't think we can compare him to [Lionel] Messi or [Cristiano] Ronaldo yet but this year he did the right things," the 43-year-old said.

"He is a player that any manager would like to have in his side."

Allegri will be without Gianluca Zambrotta, Massimo Ambrosini, Andrea Pirlo and Filippo Inzaghi, while Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has doubts over Luka Modric (appendix) and Crouch (back) but Rafael van der Vaart should play.

Spurs flew to Milan occupying that all-important fourth place in the Barclays Premier League having picked up their third straight win at Sunderland on Saturday. Redknapp is convinced Tottenham stand on the brink of a glorious new era.

The 63-year-old took the reins at White Hart Lane in 2008 when the club was deeply entrenched in a Barclays Premier League relegation scrap. But, two and a half years later, Redknapp has turned Spurs into one of the most feared teams in the top flight and they are now rubbing shoulders with Europe's biggest clubs after finishing fourth last season.

When asked if Spurs stood on the brink of a new successful era, Redknapp said: "The opportunity is there, for sure.

"If we keep on bringing the top players we can achieve whatever we want. The owners are more important than I am as the manager and I think that they want to compete.

"The transfer window came and we were willing to go and buy a top player but we just couldn't find a player that we wanted. It was difficult but if the right people came along then I think the club would sit down and do it.

"If Tottenham did that then the sky is the limit for us for the next few years."

Formation:4312Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

AC Milan

Formation: 4411Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

  • Christian Abbiati
  • Ignazio Abate
  • Alessandro Nesta
  • Mario Yepes
  • Luca Antonini
  • Gennaro Gattuso
  • Emiliano Thiago Silva
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Clarence Seedorf
  • De Souza Robinho
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • SUBS
  • Marco Amelia
  • da Silva Alexandre Pato
  • Socratis Papastathopoulos
  • Massimo Oddo
  • Marek Jankulovski
  • Alexander Merkel
  • Nicola Legrottaglie

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Match Report

Crouch nets crucial goal for Spurs Tottenham took control of their Champions League tie with AC Milan as Peter Crouch's late winner earned them a 1-0 win in a bruising encounter at the San Siro. Crouch tapped home from 12 yards after a blistering burst of pace from Aaron Lennon unlocked the Milan defence to seal the win with a vital away goal. The match was nothing like the pulsating 4-3 loss to Inter here in November or the 3-1 Spurs victory in the reverse fixture, but Harry Redknapp will not care one bit. The home side were lucky to end the match with 10 men after a horrific late lunge from Matthieu Flamini on Vedran Corluka, and some shocking behaviour from Gennaro Gattuso, who appeared to headbutt Spurs assistant Joe Jordan after the final whistle. But Crouch's goal - his sixth in eight European matches this season - means Spurs take a lead into next month's second leg. Four months ago Redknapp saw his side almost complete a remarkable second-half comeback against Inter thanks to Gareth Bale's hat-trick. The Welshman was missing after failing to recover from a back injury. Niko Kranjcar, who had deputised for Bale so well, was a surprise omission from Tottenham's starting XI, with Steven Pienaar taking Bale's usual position down the left flank. Luka Modric failed to recover from his appendix injury in time and was named among the substitutes. Two familiar foes were named among the Milan team - former Arsenal midfielder Flamini and Manchester City's on-loan striker Robinho. Despite seeing his side collapse against Inter here in October, Redknapp urged his team to stick to their attacking principles and throw everything at the Italians. Crouch proved to be the visitors' most potent weapon in the opening exchanges, causing Christian Abbiati to come and punch away a dangerous low cross. Abbiati picked up a head injury when challenging the tall marksman for the ball and had to be replaced by substitute goalkeeper Marco Amelia. Milan sounded Spurs a warning with their first real chance 20 minutes in, Robinho bursting down the right and crossing to Zlatan Ibrahimovic but William Gallas jumped in with a decisive clearance. Milan thought they should have had a penalty 23 minutes in when Sandro clattered into Ibrahimovic but referee Stephane Lannoy waved the protests away. Michael Dawson went clattering into Ibrahimovic with a raised arm in the box. The Swede went down clutching his head but soon returned to his feet after seeing his penalty appeal turned down. Flamini was lucky not to be booked for a late sliding challenge on Rafael van der Vaart. Aaron Lennon turned Luca Antonini inside the box but he sent over a high cross that even Crouch could not get on the end of. Van der Vaart gained a yard and fired a blistering shot that Amelia tipped over with a brilliant save. Crouch received a bruising kick to the ribs from Alessandro Nesta's follow-through towards the end of the half. The second half began with a period of intense Milan pressure. Heurelho Gomes Pulled off a superb flying one-handed save to deny Mario Yepes, who rose well to meet Gattuso's cross. The game took an ugly turn 55 minutes in when Flamini flew in with a diving two-footed tackle on Corluka which sent the full-black flying into the air. To the Spurs' players anger, the midfielder only saw yellow. Corluka had to be stretchered off and replaced by Jonathan Woodgate, who came on for his first appearance since November 2009. Tempers frayed moments later when Pienaar clattered into Gattuso. Spurs assistant Jordan was furious with the referee's decision to give a foul and squared up to the midfielder on the touchline. Both men pushed each other before Redknapp stepped in and they both walked away. Play eventually resumed after both sets of players remonstrated with each other. Yepes drew another point-blank save from Gomes with a six-yard header but the centre-half showed his petulant side by needlessly barging into the Brazilian when he went to throw the ball out seconds later. Van der Vaart, clearly struggling with his calf injury, was replaced by Roman Pavlyuchenko on the hour. The ugliness continued, Crouch the latest person to clash with Gattuso when he went for a header. The Milan captain was then finally booked for a late tackle on Pienaar. Milan pushed for an opener but they were shocked when Crouch broke the deadlock with 10 minutes left. Lennon raced at the Milan defence with blistering pace, hurdled Yepes' challenge and squared for the former Liverpool man to tap home from 12 yards. The hosts pushed for an equaliser but had to resort to long shots as Tottenham held onto the ball well, much to the delight of the travelling 5,000 Spurs fans. Dawson had to put in a last-gasp tackle to deny Antonini as the game entered injury time before Ibrahimovic thought he had pulled one back with a superb volley but he was adjudged to have pushed Dawson in the box. The ugly scenes that had marred the match continued after the whistle with Gattuso appearing to head-butt Jordan.

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